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Portrait of John A. Willink


American Art

On View: Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
Using the standard technique of the miniaturist, the talented artist of this portrait captured both the subject’s distinctive appearance and self-assured demeanor with short, stippled strokes of watercolor applied with fine paintbrushes. A tiny dot of white paint in the pupil of each eye adds a spark of animation. Identified only by name, this sitter might be John Abraham Willink (1780/81–1852), a prominent New York businessman of Dutch descent who had a home in Flatbush, Brooklyn.
ARTIST Unknown
MEDIUM Watercolor on ivory portrait in metal frame under glass lens
DATES early 19th century
DIMENSIONS Image (sight): 4 1/4 x 3 1/4 in. (10.8 x 8.3 cm) Frame: 5 1/2 x 4 5/8 in. (14 x 11.7 cm)  (show scale)
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
CREDIT LINE Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Henry J. Davenport
RIGHTS STATEMENT No known copyright restrictions
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CAPTION Unknown. Portrait of John A. Willink, early 19th century. Watercolor on ivory portrait in metal frame under glass lens, Image (sight): 4 1/4 x 3 1/4 in. (10.8 x 8.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Henry J. Davenport, 51.115 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 51.115_bw_SL1.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 51.115_bw_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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